Board Emeritus

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Jeffrey Abramson
Jeffrey Abramson is a partner with the commercial real estate development company The Tower Companies. Through his leadership, Tower has reduced energy consumption by 25% since 2010, achieved LEED and ENERGY STAR certification for 90% of their portfolio, and offset 100% of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Jeffrey’s leadership has been recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council, U.S. Green Building Council, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In tandem with the David Lynch Foundation, of which he is a founding trustee, he and his wife Rona co-founded the Abramson Center for Peace to study the impact of Transcendental Meditation on improving health and reducing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress among combat veterans, urban youth, and women who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Rona Abramson
Rona Abramson is an international director of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Program for Women and Girls, responsible for the development of the TM women’s wing in many countries including Canada, South Africa, Uganda, Italy, and Lebanon establishing teaching centers for women and girls, generating outreach initiatives in education, women’s empowerment, maternal health programs for nurses and midwives.

Along with her husband, Jeffrey Abramson, she is an engaged philanthropist and has supported local, national and global initiatives in TM for the past 30 years as well as a wide range of community-based organizations in the Washington, DC area where she lives.

A founding member of the Board of Directors of the David Lynch Foundation, she recently co-founded the Abramson Center for Peace, a division of the DLF. She also serves on numerous advisory boards including Access Circles, Aspen Brain Institute and the Global Wellness Institute.

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Joni Steele Kimberlin
Joni Steele Kimberlin is a founding director of the David Lynch Foundation where she serves as Chair of Women’s Initiatives. She has been a teacher of Transcendental Meditation for forty years.

Joni has worked in film as a writer, editor, director and producer. She has produced several films, which have aired on PBS. Her most recent, Get Real! Wise Women Speak features an illustrious cast including celebrities, Nobel Prize winners, scientists, artists, activists and homemakers. The film was selected for thirteen film festivals and took first prize at festivals in Monaco, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

In 2017, Joni was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award for Peace by the David Lynch Foundation. Joni has also been awarded the Spirit of Greenwich award from the YWCA and the Audubon Environmental Leadership Award. She has served on the Boards of Connecticut Audubon and the Boys and Girls Club and the Greenwich Conservation Commission.

Joni is a Scuba Divemaster, and along with her husband Kevin, is a long-time supporter of Yaddo, an in-residence artists’ community which has sponsored numerous Pulitzer prize winning artists. Joni finds intersections and connections through all of her work to create opportunities to empower women and girls. She has spoken to numerous groups about issues impacting women and girls and the empowering benefits of Transcendental Meditation.

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Barry B. Scherr
Barry is founder and president of Sundar Corporation, a national commercial real estate investment firm, now specializing in the development and promotion of cutting-edge walking environments. Sundar seeks to recreate sustainable neighborhoods that function like the historical city centers of Europe but utilize advanced architectural principles. Barry supports with both time and resources the development of the David Lynch Foundation.

Richard Creighton
Richard Creighton worked as a communications executive before forming and leading The Magazine Group as co-CEO with Jane Ottenberg. He serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Washington College, a small liberal arts college in Chestertown, Maryland, and heads the board's trustee's committee. He recently served as chair of the college's presidential search committee and was instrumental in hiring Sheila Bair, former head of the FDIC, as the first woman president of the college.

Richard received his BA from Washington College and attended the JohnsHopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Richard and his wife, Jane, reside in Chevy Chase, MD and New York and have four children. They have been practicing TM for seven years.

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